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Visitor Guidelines & FAQ

Visitor Guidelines & FAQ

Visiting: What to See, When to Come, How Long to Stay

How long does a visit take?

Seeing the entire Garden would take a full day. There are suggested itineraries for shorter visits.

What is in bloom right now? When are the cherry trees in bloom?

The Plants in Bloom page will tell you!

The cherry trees typically bloom throughout April and early May. CherryWatch provides frequent updates in the spring.

Do you offer guided tours?

Yes, we offer free, seasonal guided tours.

Are you ever open in the evening?

Yes, if you are a member, you can attend Members' Summer Evenings on Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m. from June to September.


What rules must all visitors follow?

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a museum of living plants. The following policies were designed to protect the plant collection and enhance the experience of all visitors.

  • Do not pick flowers, touch foliage, walk in planted beds, or climb trees.
  • Children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
  • No food or beverages except bottled water and baby bottles.
  • No smoking.
  • No blankets or folding chairs.
  • Sitting on the lawn is only permitted on Cherry Esplanade.
  • No recreational equipment or athletic activity.
  • No pets.
  • Tripods and easels are not permitted in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Conservatory, in flower beds, or blocking paths.
  • Commercial and wedding photography is only permitted by prior arrangement.
  • Earphones must be used for all electronic audio devices.
  • Shirt and shoes are required.

Please read through the rest of these FAQ and other areas of the website for more detailed information on specific rules and policy.

Garden Etiquette: Picnics, Strollers, Bikes, Pets, Tree Climbing, Smoking

Can we bring a picnic? May we sit on the lawn?

Picnicking is not allowed at BBG, with the exception of Member's Sunset Picnics. You may sit on the lawn of Cherry Esplanade only.

Are strollers allowed?

Strollers are allowed on the grounds and in the Visitor Center, but not in the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery or Garden Shop.

Are scooters, bikes, roller skates, or skateboards allowed?

No. Bike racks are located near all entrances, and scooters may be checked with Security at the entrance. Please do not bring skates or skateboards.

Are pets allowed in the Garden? What about service animals?

Pets are not allowed, but service animals are. Our accessibility guidelines provide more details.

May we climb the trees? May we pick flowers and vegetables?

Tree climbing is not allowed in order to keep both the trees and visitors safe. Please don't pick flowers or vegetables. Edible food from our Herb Garden and display gardens is donated to local charities.

Is smoking allowed?

No, smoking is prohibited throughout the Garden.

Disability Access

Is the entire Garden accessible to people with disabilities?

All of our entrances and most of our pathways are accessible to people in wheelchairs and those with other disabilities. Certain paths may be uneven or steep. Please see our accessibility guidelines for more information.

Amenities: Bathrooms, Food, Lockers, Plants and Merchandise for Sale

Where can I buy food? Do you have vegetarian and vegan choices?

The Yellow Magnolia Café offers full-service dining. The Yellow Magnolia Canteen offers counter-service lunch and refreshments. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at both. Please see the menus for details.

Where are the bathrooms?

There are bathrooms in the Steinberg Visitor Center, the Administration Building, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, and at the Flatbush Avenue Entrance.

Do you sell plants?

Yes, the Garden Shop sells plants, gifts, books, and more.

Do you have daily lockers or a coat check?



Can I take photographs? Can a professional photographer shoot my portrait?

In general, visitors may take nonprofessional photos for personal use. Professional photographers must adhere to our photography policy.

Can BBG be used for a commercial photo or film shoot?

Yes, but you must receive prior approval. Please see our commercial and editorial photography guidelines for details.

Weddings, Private Events, and Space Rental

Can we get married at the Garden? Can I rent space for other events?

Yes. Please see our Weddings and Celebrations and Private and Corporate Events pages for details.

Field trips: Schools and Camps

I’m a teacher/camp counselor. Can I bring my students on a self-guided field trip?

Yes. School and camp groups may visit for free, but registration is required two weeks in advance. Please see our School and Camp Group Visits page for more information.

Volunteer Positions, Jobs, and Internships

Do you need volunteers?

Yes. There are volunteer opportunities of all kinds. Please visit our volunteer overview for more details.

Is the Garden hiring?

Our Jobs & Internships page lists any open positions at BBG.

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